If you’re suffering from a broken tooth, you’re naturally going to want it repaired quickly. You’ll want to get back to eating and smiling normally as soon as possible. In many cases, a dental crown is the ideal treatment for a damaged tooth. However, traditional crowns require at least two appointments to create and place. Fortunately, dental technology has advanced to the point where that’s no longer the case. With same-day dental crowns in Fresno, you don’t have to take nearly that much time out of your busy life to get your smile back in working order. Read on below to learn about the benefits of same-day crowns.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a restorative dental treatment that’s also known as a “cap.” It’s designed to fit snugly over your tooth to restore lost structure and improve its function. Crowns can be made of various materials, such as metal alloys, gold, and dental ceramic. Because ceramic can be customized to blend in with the enamel of your other teeth, this is a popular choice for crowns that go over front teeth.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns can serve multiple purposes, such as:
- Protecting severely decayed teeth from additional damage
- Covering a tooth following root canal therapy
- Restoring a single dental implant post
- Concealing a cosmetically imperfect tooth
Ultimately, only your dentist can determine whether you’re a good candidate for a dental crown. One thing is certain, though: same-day crowns are much more advantageous than traditional ones.
Benefits of Same-Day Dental Crowns
First, same-day crowns are typically made using digital impressions. Conventional crowns were made by placing a messy putty in your mouth, which can trigger the gag reflex in a lot of patients. Digital impressions are done with a quick, simple scan of your teeth. This system produces incredibly detailed images, allowing your dentist to view every detail of your tooth. Using these images, the dentist can then create a restoration that perfectly meets all of your needs.
Instead of being sent to a far-off dental lab, the impressions are sent to a milling machine in the office. The machine begins crafting your crown from a solid block of dental porcelain. You can simply wait in the office during this process, which takes about an hour. Once it’s finished, your dentist will bond it into place, eliminating the need for a temporary crown and a second appointment.
When it comes to the problem of damaged teeth, same-day dental crowns are a wonderful solution. Ask your dentist if they offer this technology and whether it would be right for you.
About the Author
Dr. Byron Reintjes has been a dentist in Fresno, CA since 1991, after earning his dental doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. His practice offers E4D technology, which allows him to create same-day dental restorations such as crowns, inlays, and onlays. To learn more about how this technology works and how it can benefit you, visit Dr. Reintjes’ website or call (559) 438-6684.